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Thursday, September 9, 2021

CDN Shoots At Military Barracks, 3 Hitmen Killed, El Cadete's Life As a State Police Officer

"HEARST" for Borderland Beat 

On September 9, 2021, the media outlet México Código Rojo published the results of an investigation they did into the history of the recently arrested Cartel del Noroeste (CDN) lieutenant Martín Rodríguez Barbosa, alias “El Cadete”. 

As previously covered on Borderland Beat, El Cadete was arrested on Monday, September 6, 2021, which led to a number of violent skirmishes which left at least 7 CDN hitmen dead in Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas. 

México Código Rojo, through the use of government transparency portals, was able to obtain records related to the time El Cadete spent in the State Force of San Luis Potosí. He received a salary of $9,534.60. He was assigned to Soledad Graciano Sánchez, which is the eastern section of San Luis Potosí city.

What the transparency documents also reveal is that El Cadete has no recorded work activities, delivery of reports and so on, which means that Cadete allegedly received money without working.

It is also being reported that there was a new skirmish between members of CDN and Army (SEDENA) soldiers. The skirmish, as reported by La Voz de Pueblo and Valor por Tamaulipas, occurred on the afternoon of September 8, 2021. 

Alleged CDN hitmen inside a vehicle convoy shot towards the housing units of the 16th RCM barracks at approximately 4:00 pm. Then, in presumably a military response to the aggression, 3 CDN hitmen are said to have been killed near the intersection of Revolución Avenue and Pino Suáre street. There is currently no confirmation of the attack on the housing units or the three deceased hitmen.

Sources: México Código Rojo, La Voz de Pueblo, Valor por Tamaulipas


  1. Lol they thought shooting at military barracks would scare the soldiers playing cards, but they fired back.

  2. I'm curious too. Hoping some Tamaulipas readers can chime in on what they hear about this.


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